Disclaimer: Spoilers. Kind of. I think. They’re not really spoiler spoilers because they don’t give away much. I sort of allude to stuff. You know what this ain’t my struggle; I’ve seen the film already, you should too.
Daniel Kaluuya* – Chris Washington
Allison Williams – Rose Armitage
LaKeith – Stanfield – Andre Hayworth/ Logan King
Lil Rel Howery – Rod Williams
Four months into dating, Rose and Chris spend the weekend visiting Rose’s affluent parents. Aside from the two peculiar housekeepers, Chris is one of the only black people in this stark white neighbourhood. And you can’t be a racial minority without experiencing plenty of casual racism which this film has a healthy and hilarious dose of. On top of that, things get hella weird hella fast after Rose’s mother hypnotises Chris with her white voodoo she calls ‘psychotherapy’. The film then culminates in a really great and unpredictable twist.**
- The film will genuinely make you laugh. A lot of the comedic relief comes from Rod, Chris’ best friend. The casual racism will also get a laugh out of you, especially if you’re black as you can relate to Chris when he’s faced with white nonsense.
- All the actors play their parts on point. For example, Rose’s brother is weird and offbeat but it’s not overplayed. Also, characters that you’d think are unassuming make a really great transition when they reveal their true colours.
- There’s this thing called The Sunken Place, I won’t tell you what it is but the way it’s portrayed in the film is very clever.
- The plot twist is perfect because it’s totally unexpected. Jordan Peele does a great job in bringing the different elements of this film together at just the right moment. It’s even more impressive considering this is his directorial debut and I look forward to the other horror films he has lined up.
- Watching it a second time I saw a lot of clever and subtle nods to the twist in the film that you can’t appreciate on the first watch. That’s the mark of a good film.
- The song Redbone by Childish Gambino is used in the beginning of the film. If you don’t know it, check it out here, it’s my jam. It also encapsulates the message of the film which is to stay woke; to stay socially aware. Get out is unique in that it’s a horror film, very conscious of black issues.
I found nothing to dislike. As someone who isn’t a fan of horror films, I really loved this one. In fact, I saw it twice and gave it an applause at the end.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
A standing ovation
*rhymes with hallelujah
** If you’re not scared of spoilers check out this funny review of the film by Evelyn from the Internets, here.